I’m signing off for the week–we’re headed up to the Cape this afternoon–but wanted to take a moment to wish you and yours the happiest of holidays!

Thank you for taking time out of your busy days to check in, share your thoughtful comments, emails of encouragement, and for generally joining in my obsession with all things aesthetic.

Cheers to many exciting things to come in 2015!


Wit & Delight

Wit & Delight

Wit & Delight

A minimalist I am not, but if there was anything that could compel me to consider the merits of paring down my palette, Kate Arends’ holiday decor might be it.

 A healthy dose of greenery, interesting mix of materials and textures: brass, wood, seagrass, linen, and wool combine to create an interior that is anything but cold; which, I admit, is the feeling I generally associate with minimalism.

I think Kate’s beautiful space proves that reigning it a bit doesn’t have to be ascetic. Being more intentional with our décor choices can lead to a home that is just as cozy as the layered spaces I generally tend to favor.

Now I can’t wait to get home and light a fire–have a wonderful weekend!


I’ve always loved introducing you to small business owners, but it’s even more rewarding when the business owner happens to be someone you’ve known since you were 16 years old.

I first met Kearsley Lloyd as a dorm mate in boarding school (she can probably attest to the embarrassing ribbon belt collection previously mentioned) and even back then her artistic talent was inspiring.

Post high school Kearsley went on to the Rhode Island School of Design and I’ve enjoyed following her successes ever since; including the launch of a successful accessories collection, Tipsy Skipper, and now, her eponymous graphic design studio, Kearsley Lloyd.

I had the pleasure of working with Kearsley on our wedding invitations and since it is engagement season, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to introduce you to an amazing talent.

The Pursuit of Style | Kearsley Lloyd

all of Kearsley’s designs start out as watercolors

I’m the first to admit I’m a pain in the butt client–I drive myself crazy with design decisions–so I was a little nervous about working with someone (especially an old friend!) on our invitations. I worried there might be multiple revisions necessary and that I wouldn’t be able to get my vision across, but it quickly became clear all my worries were for naught.

The Pursuit of Style | Kearsley Lloyd

our save the dates ready to be mailed

After a phone call, and a shared Pinterest board, Kearsley came back with a first round of mock-ups for a custom wedding crest that actually bowled me over–she got it on the first try.

I think I asked to see a version slightly lighter and slightly darker just in case, but we ended up using the very first option she sent. How often does that happen?! I can tell you, with me, NEVER.

The Pursuit of Style | Kearsley Lloyd

custom stamps featuring Kearsley’s mussel shells

From start to finish, the process was seamless. We ended up hiring Kearsley to design additional elements for the wedding (I can’t share photos just yet, but soon!) and received so many compliments. One of our friends actually framed one of Kearsley’s illustrations for their gallery wall.

The Pursuit of Style | Kearsley Lloyd

our personal stationery

The mussel shell and coral crest perfectly captured the aesthetic of our Martha’s Vineyard wedding, but I love it so much I’ve since carried it over to our personal stationery.

Working with Kearsley on our bespoke illustrations was such a special part of the process for us and ultimately guided many of our other design decisions.

In addition to wedding logos, Kearsley also designs corporate logos, emblems, and coat of arms. Her talent truly knows no bounds so if you have a project in mind I’d highly recommend reaching out–I’m confident she’ll over deliver!


The Pursuit of Style | Peonies

Scattered petals in my living room this morning…

Peonies in December might as well be a Christmas miracle. I’m still not sure how that worked out–I assume greenhouses in South America were involved–but I’m grateful for every last bunch.

These are on their last leg after a photoshoot last week (just wait until you see these before and afters!) but those fluffy blooms make me unreasonably happy even as they slowly fade away.


Clare V Ipad Cover

Today’s present pick is for The Prep. There was just something about the hot pink and racing stripes that immediately gave me a flash back to my rather large (and now completely embarrassing) collection of ribbon belts that we all wore so proudly in high school.

This Clare V. iPad case is infinitely cooler and it’s success as a gift surely extends beyond owners of The Original Preppy Handbook. The stripes are also a little reminiscent of Goyard, no?

So, if you have any Preps on your list, or Preps in remission (like myself) this is your gift pick. Bonus points if you find a way to monogram it!